Tree Lighting Ceremonies in New York City
Here’s where you can view Christmas tree lighting ceremonies in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens.
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FREE Atlantic Avenue Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony and Party
WHEN: Thursday, Dec. 5, 6-8pm
WHERE: St. Cyril of Turov Belarusian Church, 401 Atlantic Ave., Boerum Hill
WHAT: The community gathers at the church to enjoy performances from local schools and donated treats from Atlantic Avenue merchants.
WANT TO GO? 718-875-8993. https://atlanticave.org/.
Sinterklass – Saint Nicholas Day
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 7, 1-4pm
WHERE: Wyckoff House Museum, 5816 Clarendon Road, East Flatbush
WHAT: Families can enjoy an afternoon of events including a traditional concert by colonial balladeer Linda Russell and a visit from St. Nicholas as he arrives on horseback, plus the chance to feed his horse carrots and hay. Tree lighting and decorating will begin at 4pm.
WANT TO GO? $7; $4 ages 3-10. 718-629-5400. https://eventbrite.com/e/sinterklass-saint-nicholas-day-tickets-78037073989.
FREE Tree Lighting
WHEN: Friday, Dec. 6, 6pm
WHERE: Maspeth Memorial Square, 69th St and Borden Ave, Maspeth
WHAT: Countdown to a festive holiday tree lighting!
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FREE Christmas in the Garden
WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 8, 12-5pm
WHERE: Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing
WHAT: Enjoy live musical performances, photos with Santa and face painting (fee required), a tree lighting, and holiday crafts. Register online.
WHY WE LOVE IT: It's a great way to kick off the holiday season with a full afternoon of festive fun!
WANT TO GO? 718-886-3800. queensbotanical.org.
FREE 7th Annual Holiday Festival & Tree Lighting Celebration
WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 8, 4pm
WHERE: Astoria Park Great Lawn, 19th St. between Astoria Park South and Ditmars Boulevard, Astoria
WHAT: Enjoy a day filled with holiday fun and a special tree lighting ceremony!
WANT TO GO? 212-639-9675. http://nycgovparks.org/parks/astoria-park.
FREE Christmas Tinker Festival and Tree Lighting
WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 15, 2:30-5:30pm
WHERE: Lewis Latimer House Museum, 3441 137th St., Flushing
WHAT: Celebrate the holidays with tinkering, tree lighting, hot cocoa and music! Artist led tinkering activities from 2:30-4:30pm. Hot cocoa and tree lighting at 5pm. This event is free. Space is limited. RSVP required.
WANT TO GO? 718-961-8585. https://lewislatimerhouse.org.
Main image: The Rockefeller Center tree lighting draws thousands of spectators each year.